Emma Watson has been a staunch supporter and promoter of feminism and equality for all long before she was appointed as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. Over time she has done many things to support the cause of her worldwide #HeForShe campaign or the feminist bookclubs that she runs. And she has been very vocal about issues related to women abuse, wage gaps and the rest.
However, recent developments seem to have thrown all of this down the drain. But if you think about it carefully and as rational human beings, it just makes her stance much more valid contrary to what many cynics would like to believe.
Watson recently gave an interview to the Vanity Fair magazine and was also the face of that month’s issue. She’s wearing an elegant, but rather bold dress which has been termed raunchy for its display of her ‘underboob’. And this photo has brought on a deluge of ceaseless critique and taunting from the many denizens of the Twitter-verse.
For many people, this display of her sexuality has effectively negated all that she has done for the cause of feminism. Many people who call themselves feminists have reprimanded Watson for her ‘skin show’. They think that she has made herself invalid by conforming to the accepted notions of hypersexuality and now people will not pay attention to what she has to say. And that is precisely what is wrong with the world and what feminism seeks to be addressing.
People validate women on the basis of what they wear not on what they have to say. Clothing choices and political opinion are not two different things for these people rather they define and legitimize each other.
But these people have forgotten one key concept of feminism; which is the right to choose. The choice to wear what you want, the choice to wear what career you want to pursue, the choice to be a stay at home mom or a big shot executive at a corporate.
Excessive makeup and sexy dresses are not what feminism is fighting against; it is fighting against the notion that women have to dress up in a certain way to legitimize their existence. And by berating Watson for wearing what she wants has only proven how much we need feminism today.
To think that people still judge a woman on what clothes she wears is downright scary if you think about it. Yes, women don’t have to look pretty the whole day just for the sake of men who look at them, but that doesn’t justify anyone slut-shaming a woman who decides to wear what she wants.
This post was inspired from here.